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Nada sake breweries

Nada sake breweriesMap of Nada areaNada is the Japan's largest sake producing area.
The area spreads along the coast from about 5 km east of central Kobe to Nishinomiya city.

Since the 17th century, this area has produced much sake.
Because high-quality rice for sake and water had been gotten here, and it had been easy to transport the sake to Edo (current Tokyo) bu ship.
Now many major sake breweries have their factories in this area.

Generally, this sake producing area fas been called "Nada-gogou", and it means "Five districts in Nada".
Three of the five districts are in the current Kobe city.
They are "Nishi", "Mikage" and "Uozaki". All of them are in the area between Hanshin Line and the coast.
The first process to make sake is operated from late autumn to midwinter. When we walk around in Nada-gogou, we have a scent of sake.

Some breweries have museums and guided tours of the factories.
Of course, visitors can have a tasting.

Main breweries we can visit

  • Sawanotsuru Museum /1/ : Sawanotsuru is one of the major sake breweries.
    This museum is in the building of the old factory, and introduces the procees of making sake and old facilities.
  • Kobe Shushinkan /2/ : It is the brewery making the sake named "Fukuju".
    From late November to mid-December, and from mid-January to late March, the guided tour of the factory is held. (Appointment necessary, only forst 20 visitors. From 14:00)
    The restaurant and shop is opned every day.
  • Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum /3/ : Hakutsuru is one of the major sake breweries.
    This museum is in the building of the old factory, and introduces the procees of making sake and old facilities.
  • Kikumasamune Museum /4/ : Kikumasamune is also one of the major sake breweries.
    This museum is in the building of the old factory, and introduces the procees of making sake and old facilities.
  • Sakuraen /5/ : It is a facility for visitors of Sakuramasamune Brewery.
    There are museum, restaurant, cafe and shop in the facility.
  • Hamafukutsuru Ginjo Koubou /6/ : Hamafukutsuru is a new brewery founded in 1996.
    This brewery has produced high-quality sake in the up-to-date factory. We can visit the factory every day except Monday.

How to get to here

By Hanshin Line

Get off at Ooishi, Ishiyagawa, Uozaki and Sumiyoshi.
Limited express train stops Uozaki. To the other station, use local train.
By limited express, about 8 minutes from San'nomiya to Uozaki.




Kobe Shushinkan
In Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum
Old sake factory
Traditional equipments to make sake

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